Castle Craig and East Slope

MODERATE 23 reviews

Castle Craig and East Slope is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Meriden, CT that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.8 miles 769 feet Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

road biking

rock climbing

scenic driving

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

rocky

Trail loops from paved entry in Hubbard Park to pavilion overlooking Sleeping Giant. A branch of the white trail climbs eastern face to Castle Craig, then loops back to a foot bridge that crosses over route 691, then finally back into Hubbard Park.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views !! We walked up the main road all the way to the castle, and man what a wonderful view. You feel like you are on top of the world ! All the leaves were changing colors so it looked like all the trees were on fire. We took the blue trail down and it followed the bluffs down. absolutely need to see it if you are in the area. Logged us at 5.46 miles.

2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

my go to trail! good workout and the views from the top are beautiful.

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

A challenging trail for novices in spots, with a great reward of beautiful views at the top. There was a very steep section at the beginning where we must have lost the trail, we climbed up roots and loose rock to the ridge, then rejoined.

hiking
6 months ago

We took the Castle Craig trail. It was marked well. Not too difficult and absolute amazing views once at the top.

hiking
6 months ago

Loved this trail! It got a bit confusing at times, but thankfully I had this app to show me where I was and how to get there where I wanted to go. Not sure if I would have found my way without it. There are a lot of loose rocks and a steep climb right before the castle, but it just made it even better! Even if the view wasn't as incredible as it is, this hike would be completely worth it. Not to mention all the parking in Hubbard Park was super convenient.

6 months ago

Moderate difficulty, altered between brief difficult periods and scenic easy to mid-range trails. The trails were occasionally tough to follow, but the views were absolutely worth it. From the top of Castle Craig, you can even see Long Island on a clear day!

6 months ago

Excellent. Path is easy to miss - right after you go under the bridges - steep climb at first and right before the tower but worth it and got the heart racing for all (five and seven years old loved it)
The tower was cool with access to the top for great views.

hiking
1 year ago

Great trail for all levels of experience.

geocaching
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

An unexpected Connecticut gem. On a clear day offers outstanding view from the top! Cool cliff for photos and the castle is a neat added bonus! you can access this by the white trail or just climb up the access road. we started before the park opened (shhh) and the road was still closed. No bathrooms at trailhead or at the top so make sure to go before. Would definitely return to this close nice view hike!

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

1 year ago

Nice trail. Really steep & rocky if you go up to the castle from the right side entry. Easier starting left on white trail. Doable for a toddler but get ready to carry them at parts...uphill over rocky terrain.

hiking
1 year ago

Hiked on a nice clear day and it payed off. The views are very nice on top of the tower. Trail is steep in parts but nothing an average hiker can't handle with out a couple breaks. Overall an ice walk in the woods.

1 year ago

Good hike. Great view. But be careful for the dogs, there's a lot of broken glass near the top

hiking
2 years ago

Not a Castle! Its a Castle Tower with an awesome view. Be patient while looking for it. Couple of forks in the road causing you to turn around.

2 years ago

Another great hill hike. I have run the road as well in January.